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Locusts push farmers to ‘cover’ crops -Rutam Vora and Vishwanath Kulkarni

-The Hindu Business Line Rajasthan sees big enrolment under PMFBY scheme this kharif The scare of desert Locust Attacks coupled with erratic rainfall in the early part of monsoon has pushed more farmers in Rajasthan to take insurance for their crops under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) this kharif season. Sum insured Officials of the Rajasthan Agriculture Department said about 45 per cent more farmers have enrolled for the scheme this year...

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Climate change has exacerbated India’s locust threat

-The Hindu Business Line While dealing with an ongoing invasion, the government should, however, desist from using organophosphates right at the outset, as these could have serious health and ecological consequences After nearly three decades, India is faced with a serious locust invasion. While early swarms have already reached Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra, a massive surge is expected in July as swarms are expected from West Asia and as far as the...

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Locust invasions in a number of Indian states have arisen out of climate change induced extreme rainfalls in desert areas

In the midst of COVID-19 lockdown, desert locust swarms have been seen in parts of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh in the second half of May 2020. The recent attacks by desert locust swarms have caused massive crop damage, depletion in the stock of cattle fodder and destruction of green vegetation in these states. As on 25th May, 2020, over half of Rajasthan’s 33 districts were...

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Early arrival of locust swarms is worrisome, says scientist -Rahul Wadke

-The Hindu Business Line Mumbai: Even as the Prime Minister has assured farmers of help in fighting massive Locust Attacks, the early arrival of the desert locust swarms has set off alarms bells in the agriculture scientist and entomologist community. The community had expected a smaller infestation in June and July, but the early arrival has the community worried about the kharif sowing. A senior scientist told BusinessLine that in a day,...

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How colonial India fought Locust Attacks -- and what we could learn from those tactics -Pallavi Das & Vineet K Giri

-Scroll.in One simple strategy: protect birds that eat the predatory insects. As India struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, it faces a new challenge. Several parts of the country have experienced heavy infestations of locusts – an insect that devours crops and foliage, often leaving devastation in its wake. If there’s a silver lining to this cloud, it is that India has two centuries of experience in dealing with locust swarms. India’s Locust...

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